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Review: The 1975 provides engaging concert experience

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Review: The 1975 provides engaging concert experience

The 1975 performs

The 1975 performs "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" in front of the color-changing set as fans sing along.

Photo by Rachel Blake

The 1975 performs "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" in front of the color-changing set as fans sing along.

Photo by Rachel Blake

Photo by Rachel Blake

The 1975 performs "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" in front of the color-changing set as fans sing along.

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After nonstop touring for the last five months, pop rock band based in Manchester, England The 1975 started their first of three stops in Texas on Thursday, May 2 at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Following the release of their album “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships” on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, the band has tirelessly been touring around the world.

Quick moving lines and friendly staff made the stressful process of entering the venue as calming as it could be. As they enter the building, fans are met with tables full of merchandise. Although sizes of popular shirts ran out fast, there were designs for anyone. An enjoyable surprise was the pleasingly low price for short-sleeved shirts (considering how marked up merchandise usually is). Approachable staff were at every corner, ready to help anyone find their seats, as well as quick-working personnel behind the concession counters.

Openers No Rome and Pale Waves set the tone for the concert beautifully. No Rome, a London-based singer, pulled out The 1975’s bedroom pop sound while Pale Waves pulled in a grunge-rock style. Although Pale Waves was a surprise performance, not being as widely advertised as No Rome, they amazed the audience.

After the openers finished, the audience’s building anticipation as instrumentals from the song “How To Draw / Petrichor” slowly grew in intensity. Blinding lights started flashing as the first song from their latest album, “The 1975,” began. Lyrics quickly flashed through the screens as the band members made their way on stage. “Give Yourself A Try” is when the audience finally captured a glimpse at lead singer Matty Healy and the band.

The deafening screams never died down. While they only played half of the discography for “A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships,” the throwbacks from their previous two albums impressed fans immensely. Jumping back and forth between the band’s different eras, they boldly mixed their romantic and sentimental ambience with hard hitting, controversial and self-deprecating messages. The group performed through the heat for nearly two hours, playing a total of 21 songs. The 1975 created an even mix of genres at the concert, from the slow, sentimental “fallingforyou” to the upbeat, exciting “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME.”

After 17 songs played with no break between, the band exited the stage, leaving the set dark and empty. After a short couple of minutes, they exploded back into performing fan-favorite “Love It If We Made It,” causing the crowd to go wild. They closed the concert with other classic songs, ending on “The Sound,” arguably the song with the highest level of excitement in their discography. The concert ended on a high note, with the entire stadium jumping to the beat in unison.

This concert experience earns 5 out of 5 stars. The 1975 did a superb job at impressing fans with their diverse, extensive setlist which wasn’t too jumpy, but when it was, it worked in their favor. The mix of old, new, upbeat and chill music engaged fans through the entire concert.

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